Light the World! is a chance for high school students to investigate, research, and learn how faith and culture interact with everyday activities. Each day we witness how this is achieved at a locale in D.C. Students witness faithful excellence in action in business, science, politics, sports, and the arts.

Visiting places such as the Capitol, National Gallery of Art, and D.C.'s professional baseball stadium and hearing from people who have achieved success in those realms talk about how faith intersects with those activities. Light the World! has welcomed nearly 300 youth to our campus in person and, in 2020 and 2021, welcomed over 40 to join us for virtual programs. 

Secondary, this is an opportunity for students to experience a taste of college life while still in high school. Students live in a dorm for the week, eat at the dining hall, live with their peers, and get a taste of the intellectual, social, and spiritual life that a university like Catholic University offers. Part of the follow-up even involves help with college application essays even if it is not our university. The summer institute will be facilitated by CUA’s own college students who are faith-filled students in all areas discussed above.

  • A Message from the Light the World! Program Director

    Our main goal here at Light the World! is to help form the Young Church to be Missionary Disciples, agents of evangelization, sent out to their families, schools, sports teams, youth groups, etc. ready to share the Joy of the Gospel with all they meet! 

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  • How to Apply and Scholarship Information

    Use this page as a guide to apply to Light the World! and scholarship information for the institute.

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